Frankfurt Auto Show: Brabus Ultimate 112 Smart Fortwo

Shrinking the t-top Pontiac Firebird concept down to a road hugging turbo minicar is the Brabus Smart Fortwo Cabrio. Touted as a true city sports car by the Smarts, the diminutive urban block carver features a searing orange paint job and cabrio top that folds away in seconds. The rest of the roof stows away in a back… » 9/12/07 12:30pm 9/12/07 12:30pm

Over the Back Fence: Audi RS4 Convertible Coming to the US?

The proper chaps at Automobile offer a glimmer of hope for those lamenting the Europe-only status of Audi's RS4 Cabriolet. According to one unnamed product planner, the book may not be closed on a US version. No similar ghost of a chance for the RS4 Avant, you wagoneers. A 420-hp Avant won't be coming to the parking… » 4/20/07 11:53am 4/20/07 11:53am

Ein Schmall Cabrio: Audi A3 Convertible Confirmed

German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reports Audi's A3 cabrio is a go. That means the coming 1-Series cabrio from BMW will have a partner for the cover story on small droptops you just know is forthcoming. Further word has it the S4 will come sans roof. Both are expected to launch in 2008 for the 2009 model year.… » 3/28/07 8:11am 3/28/07 8:11am

Droptop C'eed: Kia to Show Concept Cabrio in Geneva

If it's the Geneva show, Kia is virtually bound by law to show some manner of C'eed concept car. This year it's the ex_cee'd cabrio, a prototype designed by Peter Schreyer, Kia's new design boss. If you'll remember, Schreyer created the Bauhaus-inspired first-gen Audi TT coupe. Now, he's charged with giving Kia a… » 2/23/07 11:00am 2/23/07 11:00am

Spy Photos: Even More on the BMW 1-Series (2-Series?) Cabrio

It might be the BMW 1-Series or the 2-Series, but either way a new entry Bimmer is coming to the US, and 2Addicts has a new set of spy shots as evidence. The photos arrive courtesy of spy shooters Hans Lehmann, et. al., from points cold and northward, and show with new clarity the cabrio that first broke cover last… » 2/04/07 1:36pm 2/04/07 1:36pm

Those Damn Gallardo Tweakers: IMSA's Lamborghini GTV Spyder

Designer Holger Mohr's tuning shop IMSA (no relation to the International Motor Sports Association) started out outfitting new Lamborghinis with body gear and wheelage. Then, earlier this year, the company launched the GTV, which added engine, suspension and AWD tweaks — uprating the Lambo's V10 to 610 horsepower.… » 1/22/07 12:18pm 1/22/07 12:18pm

Camaro Convertible Concept Works Its Way Down The Winding Road To The…

We know it takes a while to bring a concept from the show to the showroom floor, but the General sure is taking its sweet-ass time bringing the new Camaro to market. I mean, come on — 2009? Wasn't it introduced as a concept in the 14th Century? Apparently, they haven't quite gotten the whole instant-gratification… » 12/29/06 10:06am 12/29/06 10:06am

Spy Photos: BMW M3 Retractable Hardtop

These new spy shots from the photographic ether known as the Brenda Priddy organization show the next-gen BMW M3 in retractable droptop form — a vehicle some say should reside near poseur (or footballer) in the Merriam-Webster/OED. Still, it's the first we've seen of the 400+hp hard(ish) top model, though it won't… » 12/08/06 6:43am 12/08/06 6:43am